Will Hay plays Dr. Benjamin Twist, a man whose ambitions outstrip his abilities. Twist is a porter on an ocean liner bound for America who, through convoluted plot twists, finds himself masquerading as a professor.
Teaming up with a gangster stowaway (Edgar Kennedy), Twist finds himself embroiled in a kidnap plot on the far side of the pond that is complicated by the fact that two sets of gangsters are attempting to get their hands on the ransom money.
March 27, 2011 Subject:
Films of that era
referencing the other review on here.... I believe this film was made to try to introduce Will Hay to the USA Film market.
Also you can't really use some of your points of history as they are totally out of context for when the film was released.
America had people already living their when they had their land taken from them.
Anyway going back to the film.... lots of films of that period used language like that which is not acceptable now was at the time. Which does not mean they should have used words like those at all but unfortuntly it was in lots of films and cartoons, etc of the time. I could quite possibly have been part of the plan to get the films into the USA (it may not have been, but could quite possibly have been)
Just that if you see a lot of the Looney Toons, Tom & Jerry, etc these days those seens have been re-dubbed or removed.
February 14, 2011 Subject:
I WAS a huge fan of the British comedic actor Will Hay until I watched this film. His use of the N-word, and referencing black children as "picaninnies" was out of context and quite frankly, racist. Hay was the screenwriter for most of his movies so he is absolutely responsible for the dialogue in this film.
In addition, "Hey, Hey, USA" appears to be nothing more than an anti-American propaganda film for the UK. At one point Hay has the balls to call Americans "uncivilized." Need he be reminded of the barbaric torturing that went on at the Tower of London, or the primitive, slum-infested era of Jack the Ripper?
And who was it that got their asses whipped during the Revolutionary War?